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Donors making a difference – UC Foundation Annual Report

Scholarships for students with low vision, breast cancer research and new equipment specifically designed for teaching UC students – these are just some of the opportunities made possible thanks to generous donations of alumni, friends of UC and supporters.

Read more about how donors make a huge difference for our students, researchers and the wider community in the latest UC Foundation Annual Report.

Concrete cutting near Puaka-James Hight

There will be concrete cutting work outside Puaka-James Hight  (near the bike stands on the south side of the building) starting on Thursday 1 February. This work is to connect underground services.

The work will take approximately two to three working days, and is expected to be noisy and generate some dust. Measures will be in place on site to help mitigate this.

Apologies for any inconvenience. Please contact the Project Manager, David Wong  with any concerns – 

Road closed near Puaka-James Hight – Thurs 25 Jan

The road that runs from University Drive to Puaka-James Hight will be closed for the day on Thursday 25 January between the University Bookshop and Puaka-James Hight (see image below). This is due to excavation and trenching work being carried out.

There will be no entry to the accessible car parks outside the south-east end of Puaka-James Hight. Please use the accessible car parks outside the South Arts Lecture Theatre or Psychology building instead.

The University Bookshop car park will remain open.

Please follow traffic management in place and take care when near the work site.

Forestry Road closure 16 and 17 Dec

Forestry Road will be closed between  Arts Road and the Biology car park from 6am Saturday 16 December to 6pm Sunday 17 December. This closure is to allow for façade panels to be lifted into place on the eastern end of the Rehua building. 

Access to the Clyde and Psychology car parks will be via Clyde and Arts roads.

Please follow traffic management signage and instructions, and take care when travelling in the area. 



What’s with the sticky trees?

Grounds staff have advised that the sticky substance falling from the trees all around campus is honey dew. It is a sugar rich sticky liquid, secreted by aphids and some scale insects as they feed on a plant.

When the aphids’ mouth part penetrates the phloem,  they automatically excrete the sugary liquid.

It is particularly bad this year because we have had a mild wet winter and there weren’t the significant frosts we usually endure in Canterbury. These frosts usually control the aphid population. 

The substance should easily wash off your car, but we advise that you don’t lick the honey dew off the leaves!  

Read more info here